Posts Tagged ‘fundamental’

Is the Gold Rush Over?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The 2008 financial crisis really shook the world, most especially the wealthy. Economic debris is still on the mending process and some countries had just started to pick themselves up and their neighbors too. The U.S. economy has just stirred to stand back up from its huge fall since the Great Depression. Moreover, Greece had just received its rescue from its euro brothers while others’ turn is still yet to come.

But there are those who wasn’t standing on the epicenter, although shaken a bit, but utterly stable compared to others. Standing intact and able to withstood its impact, one of those who were able to maintain the capriccio of its citizen while others loom to survive was Australia.

Australia’s known for its abundant natural resources – more specifically it’s metal resources. Mining had started to boom around the early 19th century and since then fulfilled the financial needs of the barren centered country. Gold, iron ore, nickel, bauxite or aluminum, copper, and silver are just some of the widely mined resources that pumps money into economic veins of Australia.

It was the reason why Aussie is one of the commodity currencies. Its exports, most especially metals, greatly affects how its economy would perform. China’s been one of its major trading partner and the Sino – Australian relations is still growing stronger over the years. The aggregating demand of China to iron ores makes its pact with the currency commodity sturdier than ever.

However, many are speculating about its imminent halt in the near future. Everything is bound to end as the old always says, and sooner or later those fields will be exhausted. What would happen if it does?

Some are claiming that it was already over but experts says that the time has yet to come. If In case their resources were indeed exhausted, how do you think that their economy would fare?

Australia, although highly dependent on their exports, have other things to offer other than metals. Agricultural products, like wheat and wool, are also being exported. Not only that, energy sources such as liquified natural gas and coal are also being sold to other countries worldwide. Eco tourism would also be possible due to their vast land and sea mass. Although dessert terrains is abundant near the center, its outskirt really has something to offer.

Stephen Stevenson

What Ifs for the 2012 Election

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

As the two nominees still lay in deadlock on the on-going election, many are eagerly waiting for the results. According to the latest news, Obama is gaining advantage on winning the election but the key states results are yet to announced. Some polling states are still open and there may be some delays especially on the states where Sandy struck the most. For the meantime, I thinks better to contemplate on the “what ifs” of this election.

What if Romney wins?

An indeed a successful businessman, no one can doubt Mitt Romney’s capability as a businessman. He was donned with the business knowledge and skills from the prestigious Harvard University and has proven his worth in the corporate world through his Bain Capital.

But many are in doubt to whether he can put his business theories into reality. Moreover, certain individuals are also pessimistic in the application of his business theories into political arena. It seems that he has invested more effort in this campaign rather than in his experience on managing the state of Massachusetts, warding an impression of a less experienced political candidate than his competitor.

If in case he is elected, he have to deal with a congress, divided by difference in ideals unlike his business group, which may really give him a hard time. Also, being a less experience candidate may have its toll once he won the seat. Unlike Obama who already handled the rein in the past four years, Mitt Romney will start from the scratch in governing the most influential and most powerful country in the world. The health care programs of Obama will most probably terminated and the Bush cut tax for the wealthy may be made permanent according to some. He also must be prepared to face the issue about Iran’s nuclear material.

What if Obama wins?

Some of his supporters may have been waned off this past few years but most still have their faith on the first African-American president. Obama talks about the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan and building educational program. But the plans may be hindered by the budget. After winning the election, the health care plans will probably push through and so are the pressing concern over Iran’s nuclear materials. Similar to Romney’s case. He has plenty of issues to handle if he would regain that White House seat of his.

Conclusion


In my opinion, I think its better if Obama wins. The experience and agenda are really two important factors to this election. But I hope that it won’t hurt much if the new kid in the block will be given the chance to steer the wheel.

Stephen Stevenson